You are on page 1of 15

January 12, 2010

Surge in the Urge to Merge

M&A: Trends and Analysis
Results show . . . acquirers moving early within an industry acquisition wave not only
outperform those acquiring later, but on average achieve an economic gain. This result is
particularly impressive because researchers have concluded that although target shareholders
benefit from acquisitions, acquiring firm shareholders do not.

Gerry McNamara, Jerayr Haleblian, and Bernadine Johnson Dykes

The Performance Implications of Participating in an Acquisition Wave 1

6.0 Global M&A Volume and S&P 500 Index 1,800

Volume ($Trillions)

4.0 1,200

S&P 500 Index


2.0 600


0.0 0
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Source: Bloomberg, Reuters, LMCM estimates; data through 2009.

An M&A wave may be on the way. If history is any guide, M&A activity tends to
follow the stock market with a modest lag.

The early bird gets the worm. Academic research strongly suggests that companies
doing deals early in the M&A cycle provide better returns for their shareholders than
the companies that participate later.

Use economic, not accounting, measures to evaluate deals. While it stands to reason
that executives seek to create shareholder value with the deals they do, the evidence
shows that most dont. It appears that executives (and investment bankers) miss the
mark because they focus on accounting-based measures instead of considering the
extent to which synergies can exceed the premium.

Page 1 Legg Mason Capital Management

Higher Stock Market, More Deals

We may be at the front end of another mergers and acquisition (M&A) boom. Historically,
upswings in deal activity have coincided with improvements in the economy and the stock market.
Exhibit 1 shows the relationship between deal volume and the price level of the S&P 500 Index
over the past 15 years. The strong rally in equities off the March 2009 lows, sharply improved
credit conditions, solid non-financial corporate balance sheets, and companies seeking to
enhance their strategic positions all point to more deals. Notably, research shows that companies
making acquisitions in the early part of the cycle deliver better returns to their shareholders, on
average, than those that act toward the end of the cycle. 2

Exhibit 1: M&A Is Heavily Procyclical

6.0 Global M&A Volume and S&P 500 Index 1,800

Volume ($Trillions)

4.0 1,200

S&P 500 Index


2.0 600


0.0 0
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Source: Bloomberg, Reuters, LMCM estimates; data through 2009.

After reaching an all-time high in 2007, M&A activity has tumbled in the last year and a half,
reflecting the financial and economic tumult. While 2008s deal volume looks respectable given
the stock markets sharp decline, the deals were heavily skewed toward the first half of the year.
Announced activity was weak in 2009, but the fourth quarter was the strongest of the year,
reflecting the improvement in equity and credit markets. For all of 2009, global M&A volume was
roughly $2 trillion, about half of the average level over the past five years. 3

During the deep recession of the past two years, falling earnings and limited access to capital
made executives more risk averse. As a result, firms slashed expenses, squeezed their balance
sheets, and reined in growth initiatives. This has allowed companies to generate healthy free
cash flows and to sustain strong financial positions. While consumer and government debt may
be of concern, the balance sheets of many companies are solid. As the recovery gains
momentum, companies are again setting their eyes on growth.

In recent months, several high-profile M&A deals have been announced. The most notable is
Exxon Mobils $31 billion offer for XTO Energy, a leading acquirer and producer of oil and gas.
Krafts $16.8 billion bid for Cadbury, a global confectionery producer, is also a large potential
transaction. (Hershey has also expressed interest in Cadbury.) While not a clean M&A deal,
General Electric has agreed to sell its majority stake in NBC Universal to Comcast in a complex
transaction valuing the unit at about $30 billion. 4

M&A activity tends to rise and fall along with the stock market, and almost every company is
either involved in a deal, or affected by one, at some point. For instance, research suggests that

Page 2 Legg Mason Capital Management

roughly 2-3 percent of public companies are acquired in a given year. 5 Often, a move by one
competitor triggers cascading moves by its competitors hoping to sustain their competitive
position. Mergers and acquisitions play a large role in shaping competitive landscapes and can
have a large impact on corporate value.

Many companies and investors do not have a firm grasp on how M&A deals create or destroy
shareholder value. Companies do deals for a host of reasons, including the pursuit of growth,
diversification of their businesses, or to consolidate an industry. And companies often feel
compelled to do a deal simply because other companies in their industry are doing them.
Generally, companies, investment bankers, and investors assume that deals that add to earnings
per share are virtuous. But for an acquirer there is ultimately only one test of a deals merits:
whether it creates shareholder value. Since investors have a strong incentive to properly evaluate
a deals economic virtue, the stock price change following an announcement is often an excellent
barometer of a deals merit. On this point, the evidence is damning.

Research shows roughly two-thirds of M&A transactions destroy shareholder value for the
acquiring companies. In addition, the markets initial reaction to a deal is a reasonably unbiased
predictor of long-term value creation. Mark Sirower and Sumit Sahni, consultants versed in M&A
economics, looked at the persistence of returns for deals that the market initially deemed
favorable or unfavorable (see Exhibit 2). While the initial response wasnt always the final say,
about one-half of deals with positive initial reactions stayed favorable one year later, while roughly
two-thirds of deals with initial negative reactions remained unfavorable. 6

Exhibit 2: Initial Reaction Speaks Volumes

Announcement One-Year
Stock Reaction # of Deals Return Return Premium

Persistent positive 52 5.6% 33.1% 25.8%

Initial positive 103 5.7% 4.9% 30.7%

Full sample 302 -4.1% -4.3% 35.7%

Initial negative 199 -9.2% -9.0% 38.4%

Persistent negative 133 -10.3% -24.9% 40.5%

Source: Mark L. Sirower and Sumit Sahni, Avoiding the Synergy Trap: Practical Guidance on M&A Decisions for CEOs and Boards, Journal of
Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 18, 3, Summer 2006, 85. Used with permission.

The basic reason that most M&A deals fail to create value for buyers is that acquirers tend to pay
too much for targets. A host of factors might explain this tendency, including an overly optimistic
assessment of market potential, overestimation of synergies, poor due diligence, and hubris. But
while deals are harmful for the shareholders of acquirers on average, some buyers do create
value. Acquirers can increase their chance of success by paying low premiums and executing on
operational improvement. 7 The research points to another reason some acquirers succeed: good

A recent study by three professors of management showed that companies that do deals early in
an acquisition wave generally enjoy share-price rises, while those that buy later tend to suffer
stock-price declines. Acquirers at the beginning of a wave see their shares increase more than
four percent above what would be expected, based on past performance and market trends, over
the three weeks following the M&A announcement (see Exhibit 3.) Buyers acting roughly two-
thirds through the wave see average declines of approximately three percent. Returns actually
improve somewhat later in the wave, but are still vastly below those of the early-movers. 8

Page 3 Legg Mason Capital Management

Exhibit 3: Early Movers Get the Returns

Source: Gerry McNamara, Jerayr Haleblian, and Bernadine Johnson Dykes, The Performance Implications of
Participating in an Acquisition Wave," The Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1, February 2008.

The professors defined an acquisition wave as any six-year period where the peak year of
acquisition activity was twice as high as the base year, and where there was a subsequent
decline of greater than 50 percent. The sample included over 3,000 companies in a wide range of
industries from 1984 through 2004. All returns were adjusted for market factors.

There are several benefits to acting early in a cycle, including choosing from a greater pool of
potential targets and the ability to buy assets cheaply. Naturally, the larger the number of
potential acquisition candidates, the more likely it is that a buyer can find a suitable target.
Further, firms that move early can generally do deals at cheaper pricesusually against a
background of economic growththan companies that act late in the cycle. Finally, benefits to
moving early are most pronounced for industries that are growing and stable.

Underperformance for late movers is generally the result of taking strategic action based on the
previous action of other firms. While early movers can scan the landscape for the best targets,
late movers act less rationally and with greater haste, often leading them to acquire suboptimal
targets at elevated prices. Bandwagon pressures motivate the late movers to focus on social
cues. As a result, they assume other companies have superior information and plunge into deals
without fully considering the strategic implications.

Bandwagon pressures also explain why returns improve late in the wave. The pressures subside
as the M&A boom simmers out, allowing firms to complete more rational assessments of
acquisition targets and their values. Even so, the latest movers still generate shareholders returns
that lag those made by early movers. 9 Finally, the form of financing plays a role in determining
shareholder returns for acquirers later in the cycle. Companies that finance their deals primarily
with cash see a smaller decline in their shares than companies that use equity.

Setting the Stage

There are two types of acquirers: strategic and financial. Strategic buyers are companies that use
M&A as a tool to implement corporate objectives. The most common rationales for doing deals
include industry capacity reduction, product or market line extension, geographic rollup, industry
convergence, and M&A as research and development. 10 Strategic buyers generally assume that
they can realize significant operational synergies, which justifies the premium they pay for their

Page 4 Legg Mason Capital Management

Financial buyers are typically private equity firms that acquire companies, business units, or
assets and seek to improve their operating performance. The substantial use of debtprivate
equity firms typically use $3-4 dollars of debt for every $1 of equity they contributeallows them
to enhance their cash-on-cash returns. Further, there is a perception that private equity firms, less
susceptible to pressure from the public markets, can make more optimal capital allocation
decisions. (While I acknowledge this perception, I strongly disagree that public companies are
hamstrung with their capital allocation decisions.)

Companies generally pursue strategic deals in order to expand their core strengths. This may
involve plans to extend their product or geographic scope. Recent instances of this horizontal
expansion include Exxon and XTO, Kraft and Cadbury, Stanley Works and Black & Decker, and
Disney and Marvel. Consider Krafts pursuit of Cadbury. With many of its traditional businesses
growing slowly, Kraft seeks to bolster its organic growth through a purchase that offers similar
products, but with much broader geographic reach. 11

While horizontal expansion may be the most popular rationale for doing a deal, there has been a
notable increase in deals based on vertical integration. A vertically integrated company controls a
product or service throughout the value chain, from raw materials to the end product. In recent
decades the trend has been toward more specialization, as companies increasingly focused on
one part of the value chain. In the last two yearsperhaps spurred by the economic downturn
some prominent companies have done deals to become more vertically integrated. These include
Oracle and Sun Microsystems, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Group, and Live Nation and
Ticketmaster. 12

One factor slowing the pace of deals is that banks have been hesitant to fund them. In the U.S.,
bank loans for M&A fell sharply in 2009 to approximately $100 billion, about one-third of 2008s
volume and only one-sixth of the volume of 2007.13 After a brutal period in 2008 and early 2009,
there are encouraging signs in the credit markets. Deal financing is picking up, interest rates are
falling, credit spreads are narrowing, and bond issuance is at record-highs.

For instance, banks offered nearly $30 billion in loans to fund acquisitions or leveraged buyouts in
the month of November 2009, according to Dealogic, exceeding the total of the previous seven
months combined. In addition, the cost of debt is falling rapidly. To illustrate, three- and six-month
LIBORwidely used reference rates for borrowinghave moderated from extremely high levels
in 2008 (see Exhibit 4, left panel). Credit spreads, which reflect the cost of corporate borrowing
above the risk-free rate, have receded sharply for all major fixed income products (Exhibit 4, right

Exhibit 4: Improvement in Credit Markets

3- and 6-Month LIBOR 40 Historical Spreads

35 High-Yield
Global Emerging Markets
Investment Grade
4 6-month LIBOR
Index Value

25 Agency MBS
3-month LIBOR
Rate (%)

3 20


0 0









June '07 December '07 June '08 December '08 June '09 December '09

Source: Left: Bloomberg; Right: Barclays; Data through 2009.

Page 5 Legg Mason Capital Management

Along with the falling cost of debt, we have also seen a major increase in bond issuance. U.S.
corporate bond issuance hit an annual record of $1.2 trillion in 2009, just ahead of the issuance in
2007 and up nearly 34 percent compared to 2008. 14 Much of this increase is the result of latent
demand that built up during the credit freeze in 2008. Government initiatives and low interest
rates also helped.

Improvement in the credit markets is encouraging, but banks are not likely to return to pre-crisis
mode any time soon. Even if the volume of loans recovers, lenders are likely to be more
conservative on the terms in the future than they were in the past. This might include, for
example, insisting on a lower ratio of debt to the companys operating cash flow or as a
percentage of total capitalization. Banks remain fearful that another market downturn will leave
them with vulnerable debt instruments. Also, banks are operating under the scrutiny of tighter
capital requirements, limiting their ability to expand M&A financing. 15

These more conservative lending standards have hit the financial buyers especially hard. Private
equity firms have historically financed buyouts with a ratio of anywhere from 60 to 90 percent debt
to total capital. 16 During the golden age of 2002-07, investors poured record amounts into the
private equity industry and bankers accommodated deal activity by relaxing standards on credit.
The financial crisis changed all that. Investors are now hesitant to invest with private equity firms,
either because theyre worried about capital calls or because theyve simply lost faith in the
industry. 17

Some of the largest institutional investors have already begun to cut back on their investments in
private equity. For example, California Public Employees' Retirement System, the biggest
pension plan in the U.S., has reduced its allocation to private equity by more than 60 percent. 18
In addition, over 40 percent of the largest university endowments are currently above their target
allocations to private equity, suggesting they are also likely to reduce their investments in the
future. 19 These factors have led to the virtual disappearance of private equity deals. Based on
trends through the first half of 2009, we estimate private equity M&A to be about $70 billion in
2009, or 3-4 percent of total deals, much lower than the 15 percent average over the past decade
(see Exhibit 5). 20

Exhibit 5: Global M&A Volume

6.0 Private Equity

Volume ($Trillions)




1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Source: Bloomberg, Reuters, LMCM estimates. Data through 2009.

Page 6 Legg Mason Capital Management

Despite the challenges, several factors suggest private equity M&A could soon be back. The
industry currently has roughly $500 billion in capital waiting to be invested, the largest amount in
history. Assuming leverage at a 3-to-1 ratio to equity, this cash hoard represents $2 trillion in
purchasing power, roughly 20 percent of the market capitalization of the S&P 500. In addition,
private equity firms such as TPG, Blackstone, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts are beginning to exit
past investments. 21 These exits generate cash to disperse to investors and bode well for new
rounds of fundraising. The sharp contraction in credit spreads provides another reason to expect
a pickup in leveraged buyout (LBO) activity. Over the past decade, LBO activity has been much
greater when credit spreads were tight. 22

Private equity may also benefit from an improvement in the market for collateralized loan
obligations (CLOs), a critical source of financing for LBOs. These specialist funds, which pool
loans and divide them into securities of varying risk, bought large amounts of LBO loans during
the prior M&A boom. In the first half of 2007, CLOs financed nearly two-thirds of the loans
backing LBOs. But after peaking at about $100 billion in 2006 and 2007, sales of CLOs virtually
disappeared. However, with market conditions improving and the sharp increase in the value of
leveraged loans, many industry observers expect to see CLOs make a modest comeback over
the next year. 23

For the foreseeable future, private equity deals will likely be smaller, and will include more upfront
cash. Lower amounts of leverage may reduce returns, as the use of leverage has accounted for
between one-quarter to one-third of returns. Transaction fees of about 1 to 2 percent will come
under pressure as well, as fees this high are hard to justify in an environment of lower expected
returns. 24

Implications for Investors

Resurgent M&A activity is by no means inevitable, but the evidence strongly points toward a
reversal of the 2008-2009 decline. Should deal volume pick up, investors need to be prepared to
assess these transactions properly. Investors should ask three critical questions when companies
announce a deal:

1. Does the deal have material economic consequences for shareholders of the buying and
selling companies?
2. Is the buyer sending signals by choosing to pay for the deal with stock instead of cash?
3. What is the stock markets likely reaction?


The first question investors must answer is whether or not the deal is likely to have a material
impact on shareholder value. Shareholder value at riskSVARmeasures the potential risk to
shareholders of the acquiring company in the event that synergies do not materialize. SVAR
provides an immediate and accurate assessment of how much a deal is likely to affect acquiring-
company shareholders. 25

Since SVAR is a percentage measure of the acquirers potential downside, it quantifies the extent
to which a company is betting the firm on the success of a deal. Low SVARs suggest limited
upside or downside for the acquirer. High SVARs may portend larger-scale changes in the
acquiring companys stock price. 26

SVAR is a function of two things: the premium an acquirer pledges and the deals funding
sourcei.e., cash, stock, or some combination. For a cash deal, the SVAR is simply the premium
divided by the market capitalization of the acquirer. In a stock-for-stock deal, the SVAR is the
premium divided by the combined market capitalizations of the acquirer and target (including the
implied premium).

Page 7 Legg Mason Capital Management

SVAR in a stock-for-stock deal is always lower than an all-cash SVAR transaction because the
target shareholders become part owners in the combined firm, and thus assume a portion of the
risk. The SVAR is higher in fixed-value stock deals than in fixed-share deals because acquiring
shareholders bear all the pre-closing risk. Exhibit 6 shows SVARs for some recent transactions.

Exhibit 6: SVARs for Recent M&A Transactions

Acquirer Target SVAR
Xerox Affiliated Computer Services 12.1%
Kraft Cadbury 7.9%
Dell Perot Systems 4.9%
Baker Hughes BJ Services 4.5%
Exxon Mobil XTO Energy 1.6%
Pepsi Pepsi Bottling Group 1.1%
Source: LMCM analysis.

Premium at risk measures the risk that target company shareholders assume in the case that
synergies do not materialize. In a fixed share offer, the target shareholders assume a proportion
of the risk because the ultimate value they receive is a function of the acquiring companys stock
price. If the market perceives that the buyer is overpaying, it will drive the buyers price down,
reducing the acquisition value proportionately.

In cash and fixed-value deals, target company shareholders have no risk (except deal-failure
risk). In fixed-value share deals, the buyer must completely absorb any fall in its price following
the announcement to assure that the bid value remains intact. Exhibit 7 shows how to calculate
SVAR and premium at risk for various types of deals. 27

Exhibit 7: Calculations for SVAR and Premium at Risk

SVAR Calculation

Cash Deal = premium/buyer market cap

Stock Deal (fixed-share) = % of the combined company buyer-owned x (premium/buyer market cap)
Stock Deal (fixed-value) = premium/buyer market cap
Combination Deal = % stock x (stock SVAR) + % cash (cash SVAR)

Premium at Risk Calculation

Cash Deal none

Stock Deal (fixed-share) = % of the combined company that the target will own
Stock Deal (fixed-value) none
Combination Deal = % of the combined company that the target will own

Source: LMCM analysis.

Stock or Cash

Investors must next consider how a company funds the deal. The method of payment can
represent a strong signal to the market. Specifically, the empirical evidence shows that cash
deals are better than stock dealsi.e., the market responds more favorably to cash deals. 28
Investors should thus view the recent trend toward a greater proportion of deals being funded
entirely with cash as a positive (see Exhibit 8).

Page 8 Legg Mason Capital Management

Exhibit 8: More Deals Funded with Cash versus a Decade Ago
Cash + Stock or All Stock
All Cash
90% 25%
% of M&A Deals

40% 75%
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Source: Citigroup Research, U.S. M&A Arbitrage: 2007 Review & 2008 Pending Deals, January 2008; Bloomberg; LMCM estimates.

The market reacts more favorably to cash deals in large part because the acquirer bears the
entire risk or reward. As such, a buyer using cash is signaling to the market that it truly expects
the deal to work. Managers who doubt whether a deal will achieve the required synergies are
better off hedging their bets by issuing stock, thereby limiting the risk (and reward) their
shareholders assume.

The relatively poor reception to stock deals is also consistent with the hypothesis that managers
issue stock when they believe that their stock is overvalued. Issuing stock is dilutive for current
shareholders and indicates that management does not believe its stock is undervalued. 29
However, investors cannot solely rely on a deals funding as an indicator of its value-creation
potential. An acquirer may have to issue stock because it does not have sufficient cash or debt
capacity to fund a very attractive investment. We suggest only that the form of payment often
provides an important signal about managements views of their business and their convictions
surrounding a deals likely success.

Value Creation

Investors can assess a deals value creation potential in two parts, one largely quantitative and
the other mostly qualitative. The first part deals strictly with the deal economics and measures
value creation in an M&A deal with the following formula:

Value change = present value of the synergies acquisition premium

Investors can use this straightforward formula to anticipate the cumulative abnormal price
changes for both the buyer and the seller. Cumulative abnormal returns seek to isolate the impact
of an announcement by measuring a companys stock price change after adjusting for market and
industry moves. Note that earnings per share play no role in this assessment. This approach is
consistent with the standard net present value rule, and it is an easy formula to apply.

To state the obvious, the higher the premium a buyer pledges, the larger the synergy the
combined companies must generate to create value. Exhibit 9 shows the average premium
offered from 1996 through 2009. Note that the average premium has trended lower over the past

Page 9 Legg Mason Capital Management

Exhibit 9: Average Premium Trending Lower

Average Premium (%)




1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
Source: Reuters.

Judging synergies is trickier. Managers usually quantify their synergy expectations when they
announce a deal, although there is generally a broad range of specificity. In many cases,
assessing whether or not operating or financial synergies are reasonable is difficult.

Post-announcement stock price changes also reflect the deal structure. In cash and fixed-value
deals, we expect the sellers shares to rise in proportion with the premium percentage. (The
sellers stock doesnt reflect the full premium because of an arbitrage discount.) The buyers
shares reflect whether or not expected synergies exceed the premium. In a fixed-share deal,
buyer and seller shares vary based on the deal economics and post-deal ownership. Exhibit 10
helps investors gauge the markets reaction to various deal types. 30

Exhibit 10: Gauging the Markets Initial Reaction

PV synergies PV synergies PV synergies

exceed premium equal premium less than premium
Cash Buyer's stock price Up by amount that S>P No change Down by amount that S<P
Seller's stock price Up by premium amount Up by premium amount Up by premium amount

Fixed-share Buyer's stock price Up by (% ownership * No change Down by (% ownership *

stock-for-stock amount that S>P) amount that S<P)
Seller's stock price Up by premium amount + Up by premium amount Change based on premium -
(% ownership * amount that S>P) (% ownership * amount that S<P)

Fixed-value Buyer's stock price Up by amount that S>P No change Down by amount that S<P
stock-for-stock Seller's stock price Up by premium amount Up by premium amount Up by premium amount

Source: Alfred Rappaport and Michael J. Mauboussin, Expectations Investing (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2001), 165.

The second part of the deal assessment, based on management signals, is more qualitative.
Deals may provide insight into managements outlook for the company or the industry in general.
Managers who have no clear path to value creation sometimes choose to sell their companies, or
troubled companies get together in an effort to shore up resources.

Case Study The Stanley Works Acquires Black & Decker

On November 2, 2009 Stanley Works agreed to buy Black & Decker in an all-stock transaction.
Black & Decker shareholders were to receive 1.275 shares of Stanley Works common stock for
each share of Black & Decker. The companies announced expected annual cost synergies of

Page 10 Legg Mason Capital Management

$350 million, as well as a one-time expected cash cost of $400 million to achieve these
synergies. 31 Investors can analyze the deal by addressing the three main components to deal
analysismateriality, signals, and market reaction.

First, we assess whether the deal will have a material impact on shareholder value by calculating
SVAR. As this is a stock-for-stock deal, the SVAR is the premium divided by the combined
market capitalization of Stanley Works and Black & Decker (including the implied premium).

The SVAR is 8.7 percent ($615 million premium divided by $7,050 million, the combined market
capitalization of the two companies). Note that the SVAR for Stanley Works would have been
even higher in an all-cash transaction, as the denominator would have excluded Black & Deckers
market capitalization. Again, SVAR represents the potential downside to Stanley Works
shareholders in the case that no synergies materialize.

Next, we calculate premium at risk for Black & Decker shareholders, which determines the
percentage of the premium that is at risk for Black & Decker shareholders. If no synergies
materialize, Black & Decker shareholders will receive the $3,465 million purchase price minus
49.5 percent of the $615 million premium, or $3,160 million. In effect, Black & Decker
shareholders would receive about one-half of the pledged premium in the case of no synergies.

We can assess the value creation potential of the deal by looking at the deal economics. We
begin with the formula:

Value change = present value of the synergies acquisition premium.

Since we know the premium, the key to solving for the value change is a calculation of the
present value of the synergies. We can determine the present value of synergies by capitalizing
the after-tax value of the annual synergy target. In this case, there are three steps:

1. Translate synergy from pretax to after-tax (($350 million * (1 tax rate) = $227.5 million))
2. Capitalize the after-tax synergy by the cost of capital ($227.5 million/11% = $2,070
3. Subtract the $400 million one-time cost of achieving synergy ($2,070 million - $400
million = $1,670 million)

So the present value of the synergies is $1,670 million. Subtracting the premium of $615 million
leaves us with total value creation of $1,055 million. With no further analysis, we know that the
stocks of both companies will rise if the market believes the synergy numbers.

A solid estimate of the value creation potential is useful for a couple of reasons. First, it allows for
a specific prediction of how the acquirer and target stocks will perform upon the deals
announcement. Second, if the stocks behave differently than the model suggests, it allows you to
reverse-engineer the markets expectations.

With total value creation of about $1,055 million, how would we expect the stock market to react?
Since the deal terms call for SWK and BDK shareholders to each own roughly one-half of the
shares outstanding after the deal, we can split the value creation evenly between them. SWK
shareholders should expect a price increase of approximately $6.65 per share ($525 million
divided by 79 million post-deal shares) while BDK shareholders should expect an increase of
roughly $18 per share (the $10 premium plus $525 million divided by 77 million shares, or

We can compare these expectations to the post-announcement stock price changes to see the
extent to which the market believes the expected synergies will be realized. Shares of both
companies rose after the announcement, however not to the extent predicted by the model. This
could suggest the market considers the synergy estimates to be too high. But we also must bear

Page 11 Legg Mason Capital Management

in mind that in M&A deals the shares of the target company typically rise less than the model
indicates to reflect deal risk and the time to closing.

Exhibit 11: The Stanley Works (SWK) and Black & Decker (BDK)

Deal Terms:

Cash 0%
Stock 100%

announced date 11/2/2009

effective date 11/3/2009

Shareholder Value at Risk (SVAR)

Premium ($MM): $615.6

as a % of target market cap 22%

Acquirer's Market Cap ($MM): $3,584.9

Target's Market Cap ($MM): $2,849.9

Shareholder Value at Risk 8.7%

Premium at Risk 49.2%

Value Creation

Premium: $615.6
Synergies (after-tax): $227.5
Cost of Capital: 11%
PV of Synergy - One-Time Charge: $1,668.2

Acquirer anticipated change 14.7%

Target anticipated change 35.5%

EPS impact: accretive

Page 12 Legg Mason Capital Management


30% BDK






-5% 10/27/09 10/28/09 10/29/09 10/30/09 11/2/09 11/3/09 11/4/09 11/5/09 11/6/09 11/9/09 11/10/09 11/11/09 11/12/09 11/13/09 11/16/09

SWK 0.07% 0.33% -1.01% 0.82% 0.00% 9.81% 6.96% 7.62% 6.41% 6.30% 6.31% 6.03% 6.07% 6.51% 7.01%
BDK -0.07% -0.12% 2.31% 0.39% 0.00% 30.72% 26.42% 27.59% 26.43% 26.72% 26.69% 26.46% 26.35% 27.26% 27.94%

Source: LMCM analysis.

A Prepared Mind

Here are the summary points from this discussion:

An M&A wave may be on the way. If history is any guide, M&A activity tends to follow the
stock market with a modest lag. The markets bounce off of the March 2009 lows, when
combined with more amenable credit market conditions, have set the tone for a
resumption of active deal activity.

The early bird gets the worm. Academic research strongly suggests that companies
doing deals early in the M&A cycle provide better returns for their shareholders than the
companies that participate later. The reason is straightforward: early in the cycle there
are more companies to choose from and the targets are cheap. As the cycle matures,
options dissolve and valuations rise.

Use economic, not accounting, measures to evaluate deals. While it stands to reason
that executives seek to create shareholder value with the deals they do, the evidence
shows that most dont. It appears that executives (and investment bankers) miss the
mark because they focus on accounting-based measures instead of considering the
extent to which synergies can exceed the premium. This report provides a sound
approach to valuing M&A deals.

Special thanks to Dan Callahan, who contributed substantially to all aspects of this report.

Page 13 Legg Mason Capital Management

Gerry McNamara, Jerayr Haleblian, and Bernadine Johnson Dykes, The Performance Implications of
Participating in an Acquisition Wave," Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1, February 2008.
Pinning down an exact figure for M&A activity is tricky. Dealogic reports a sum of $2.3 trillion, Thomson
Reuters $2 trillion, and Bloomberg $1.8 trillion. For Dealogic, see Jeffrey McCracken and Dana Cimilluca,
Global M&A May Have Hit Bottom, The Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2010. For Thomson Reuters, see
Steven M. Davidoff, The Deal Professors 2009 In Review: Part I: No Exit, DealBook, The New York Times,
December 28, 2009.
Knowledge@Wharton, M&A Is BackBut This Time, Its Different, The Wharton School of the University
of Pennsylvania, November 24, 2009. See:
Francois Trahan and Michael J. Kantrowitz, An Inflection Point in the M&A Cycle?, ISI Quantitative
Research, October 2, 2009; Michael Goldstein, Stock Selection: Research and Results, Empirical
Research Partners, November 2009.
Mark L. Sirower and Sumit Sahni, Avoiding the Synergy Trap: Practical Guidance on M&A Decisions for
CEOs and Boards, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 18, No. 3, Summer 2006, 85; Mark L.
Sirower and Stephen F. OByrne, The Measurement of Post-Acquisition Performance: Toward a Value-
Based Benchmarking Methodology, The Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Summer 1998, pp. 107-121.
Tom Copeland, Tim Koller, and Jack Murrin, Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies,
3rd ed. (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2000), 114-116.
McNamara et al.
Joseph L. Bower, Not All M&As Are Alikeand That Matters, Harvard Business Review, March 2001,
Ben Worthen, Cari Tuna, Justin Scheck, Companies More Prone to Go Vertical, The Wall Street
Journal, December 1, 2009.
Aaron Lucchetti and Jeffrey McCracken, Wall Street Reopens Its Checkbook, The Wall Street Journal,
November 27, 2009.
Gabrielle Coppola and Nikolaj Gammeltoft, U.S. Corporate Bond Sales Climb to Yearly Record,
November 23, 2009.
Lucchetti and McCracken.
Steven N. Kaplan and Per Strmberg, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity, Social Science Research
Network, June 2008.
Sticking-Plasters of the Universe, The Economist, October 29, 2009.
Cristina Alesci, Jonathan Keehner, and Jason Kelly, Private Equity Funding Plunges 62 Percent at
Calpers Amid Fee Review, Bloomberg, November 18, 2009.
Sticking-Plasters of the Universe.
Sticking-Plasters of the Universe.
Trahan and Kantrowitz.
Pierre Paulden and Kristen Haunss, New Signs of Life for Collateralized Loans, BusinessWeek,
December 15, 2009.
Sticking-Plasters of the Universe.
SVAR is a registered trademark of L.E.K. Consulting LLC.
Alfred Rappaport and Michael J. Mauboussin, Expectations Investing (Boston, MA: Harvard Business
School Press, 2001), 153-169.
Rappaport and Mauboussin, 157.
Tim Loughran and Anand M Vijh, Do Long-term Shareholders Benefit From Corporate Acquisitions? The
Journal of Finance, December 1997, 1765-1790.
Rappaport and Mauboussin, 162.
Ibid., 165.
Stanley Works and Black & Decker, A Powerful Legacy, A Future of Growth, Form 8-K, November 3,

Page 14 Legg Mason Capital Management

The views expressed in this commentary reflect those of Legg Mason Capital Management
(LMCM) as of the date of this commentary. These views are subject to change at any time based
on market or other conditions, and LMCM disclaims any responsibility to update such views.
These views may not be relied upon as investment advice and, because investment decisions for
clients of LMCM are based on numerous factors, may not be relied upon as an indication of
trading intent on behalf of the firm. The information provided in this commentary should not be
considered a recommendation by LMCM or any of its affiliates to purchase or sell any security. To
the extent specific securities are mentioned in the commentary, they have been selected by the
author on an objective basis to illustrate views expressed in the commentary. If specific securities
are mentioned, they do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended for
clients of LMCM and it should not be assumed that investments in such securities have been or
will be profitable. There is no assurance that any security mentioned in the commentary has ever
been, or will in the future be, recommended to clients of LMCM. Employees of LMCM and its
affiliates may own securities referenced herein. Predictions are inherently limited and should not
be relied upon as an indication of actual or future performance. Legg Mason Capital
Management, Inc. consists of two legal entities, Legg Mason Capital Management and LMM LLC.

Page 15 Legg Mason Capital Management